301 drug dealers nabbed from Jan to June this year

KUCHING: 301 drug  dealers  were arrested in the state by the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department  of the Royal Malaysia Police from January to June  this year compared to 498 persons  for the same corresponding period last year.

Assistant Minister of Community Well Being, Datuk Francis Harden Anak Hollis said under the Anti-Dangerous Drug Act  (Special Prevention Measures) 1985,  the police  also succeeded in arresting 24 persons from January to June this year compared to 46 persons for the same corresponding period last year.

  “The police had also taken stern action by confiscating the properties of the drug dealers  worth RM1,083,890.63 this year (2018) ,” added  Harden.

He was replying to a question raised by  Dato’ Murshid Diraya Dr Juanda Bin Jaya (BN-Jemoreng)  in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly yesterday.

On the  effectiveness of the wars against drugs by the Royal Malaysia Police in the country, he said,  Sarawak police came first for the first time  last year  for the supply category, first for the Anti Dangerous Drug (Special Prevention Measures) 1985  (Preventive Arrest on Drug Dealers) category  and second for the  confiscation of drug dealers properties category.

He also revealed that  Sarawak police now had 18 drug element placement districts  including  Belaga (1 sergeant and two personnels), Marudi (1 sergeant ) and Lundu (1 Inspector, 1 sergeant and 2 personnels in 2017.

Harden said in 2018,  the police added four more districts  for placement of narcotic elements i.e  Matu/Daro, Simunjan, Meradong and Julau through  Directive Placement Reference JSJN 106/4 dated 19/06/2018.